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Took a down steer to butcher with contracted hind leg. Shortly after, another steer came down with the same symptoms. The symptoms point to blackleg. Is the meat safe to consume from the steer if it had blackleg? References to web sites where I might get info would be appreciated.

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Personally couldn't tell you. Check with your State's Department of Agriculture; or, if you have an animal science program at your State University, check with them. Am sure both agencies have websites with several links. If you draw a blank...can try the Animal Science Departments at Colorado State University, Texas A & M University, and Oklahoma State University. All 3 have good programs; and, they actually have people that will e-mail you back! :)

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If USDA inspected, its okay, I personally would not want to eat an unhealthy animal. donna

> Took a down steer to butcher with
> contracted hind leg. Shortly
> after, another steer came down
> with the same symptoms. The
> symptoms point to blackleg. Is the
> meat safe to consume from the
> steer if it had blackleg?
> References to web sites where I
> might get info would be
> appreciated.

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Your veterinarian can answer that question.

> Took a down steer to butcher with
> contracted hind leg. Shortly
> after, another steer came down
> with the same symptoms. The
> symptoms point to blackleg. Is the
> meat safe to consume from the
> steer if it had blackleg?
> References to web sites where I
> might get info would be
> appreciated.
 
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Anonymous

> Personally couldn't tell you.
> Check with your State's Department
> of Agriculture; or, if you have an
> animal science program at your
> State University, check with them.
> Am sure both agencies have
> websites with several links. If
> you draw a blank...can try the
> Animal Science Departments at
> Colorado State University, Texas A
> & M University, and Oklahoma
> State University. All 3 have good
> programs; and, they actually have
> people that will e-mail you back!
> :) Thanks for imputs, your responses were helpful.

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I am not a meat inspector, however here in Ontario, veterinarians do cerify downer animals for slaughter. An animal down with blackleg would fail the pre-kill inspection due to fever and toxicity. If for some reason it passed there, it would fail because of the "gangrene" of the disease in the muscles. The muscle is black and crepitant--not good eating. The entire carcass would be condemned. This is likely correct for your area as well. Frankly, if it's blackleg, I wouldn't want to eat it! Now grain overload is a different story.....
 
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> Took a down steer to butcher with
> contracted hind leg. Shortly
> after, another steer came down
> with the same symptoms. The
> symptoms point to blackleg. Is the
> meat safe to consume from the
> steer if it had blackleg?
> References to web sites where I
> might get info would be
> appreciated.

the quikest way to identify blackleg is run your hand up and down the leg you will hear a sound like paper crumbling or a crackling sound and feel gas pockets under the skin

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